Are you a family member caring for a loved one?

Sunbeam Family Services is proud to come alongside caregivers to provide support and practical solutions to help caregiver’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. If you are living with and caring for a loved one  living in Oklahoma, Cleveland, Canadian, or Logan counties, our program is available to you.

For more information contact Andrea at seniorservices@sunbeamfamilyservices.org or call (405) 609-1987.

Resource Assistance

Assists caregivers in accessing benefits and services available to senior adults in the community. Visit Areawide Aging Agency’s 2020-2021 Resource Directory, call (405) 609-8812, or email seniorservices@sunbeamfamilyservices.org for personal assistance.

Caregiver Trainings

Caregivers have access to experts in a variety of fields through Sunbeam’s educational series. The trainings help caregivers with stress reduction, clear communication, caregiver self-confidence, balanced living, and tough decision-making.

Support Groups

Sunbeam provides a safe setting for caregivers to connect with other caregivers who understand what they are going through.

We understand that Caregivers and Grandfamilies are facing unique challenges during this time and Support Groups provide an opportunity to share experiences, resources, and have socialization. This is a great time to try a support group from the comfort of your own home. Caregivers may join anonymously and while sharing is encouraged, it is not required to attend.

Caregiver Support Groups are online Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and in person the first Thursday of the month at Sunbeam Family Services from 12-1:30 p.m., the third Thursday of the month at Fresh Start Community Church in Moore from 12-1:30 p.m., the second Friday of the month at Parkinson’s Foundation at Chesapeake Plaza at 11 a.m. and the second and fourth Saturday of the month at Guthrie Community Church from 9-11 a.m.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Groups are in person the first Tuesday of the month at Fresh Starts Community Church in Moore from 5:30-7 p.m., the third Tuesday of the month at Pierce Early Education Center from 5:30-7 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of the month at Guthrie Community Church from 5:30-7p.m. and online Thursdays at 6 p.m.

To learn how to attend an online support group email seniorservices@sunbeamfamilyservices.org or call (405) 609-1987.

Respite Care

Are you, or someone you know, taking care of a loved one? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like you have the support you need? Caregivers and carereceivers need breaks!  

It’s important to take care of your health and well-being before you can take care of your loved one’s health and well-being. 

Sunbeam Family Services is here for you. Qualified staff will come to your home and provide non-medical care for your loved one.  This supports caregivers like you by giving you the peace of mind that your loved one is safe, while also indulging in the self-care you deserve. The possibilities are endless! Relax, spend time with friends, and engage in activities that make you feel energized.   

This donation-based, Respite Caregiver Program is made possible thanks to the generous support from Areawide Aging Agency. 

Senior Engagement Volunteer Program

The Senior Engagement Volunteer Program encourages independence and self-sufficiency by helping Oklahoma seniors stay active in their lives, connected to their communities, and supports aging in place.

What could a Senior Engagement Volunteer do for you?

  • You will be partnered with a volunteer from your community.
  • The volunteer will offer support through a variety of activities such as:
    • Engagement activities – movies, puzzles, physical activities and companionship.
    • Respite Care – allowing a Caregiver an opportunity to take time for self-care.
    • Tasks Assistance Activities – dog walking, meal preparation, gardening, etc.
  • Volunteers are available for at least 1.5 hours per week for a minimum of 6months.

What would you do as a Senior Engagement Volunteer?

  • You will be partnered with a senior from our community.
  • You will connect with a senior, invest in their well-being, and support them through a variety of opportunities, such as:
    • Engagement activities – movies, puzzles, physical activities, companionship and more.
    • Respite Care – allowing a Caregiver an opportunity to take time for self-care.
    • Tasks Assistance Activities – meal preparation, gardening and more.
  • Volunteer at least 1.5 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Attend ongoing training.

Who do you contact to volunteer or participate in the program?

Contact Melva Franklin, Senior Engagement Volunteer Coordinator, at (405) 609-8930 or email mfranklin@sunbeamfamilyservices.org.

 

Mental Health Services

Caregivers have access to Sunbeam’s counseling services to help cope with life’s challenges or other issues related to caregiving responsibilities. Sunbeam’s Mental Health program consists of mental health professionals who provide traditional counseling services based on their professional training, experience, and areas of expertise.

Provided by Sunbeam Family Services through a Title III Older Americans Act Grant from Areawide Aging Agency and community partners. The Caregiver Fundamentals Program makes no distinction on the grounds of race, color, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, religion, or disability. A portion of the project costs are met by state and federal Older Americans Act funds from Areawide Aging Agency and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Aging Services Division. There are no costs to participants; however, donations are accepted. Suggested donation per services: Information Services, $1/activity; Access Assistance, $1/activity; Support Group, $2.50/meeting; Respite, $2.50/visit; School Supplies, $5/family; and Training Seminar, $5/seminar.

FAQ for Caregiver Fundamentals Respite Care

Absolutely!  Our respite is available on a scheduled visit for four hours, once a week.  This four-hour shift is available during the day and evening as well as Saturday or Sunday.

We encourage our caregivers to take care of themselves.  When the respite worker is in your home, you are welcome to come and go as you need.  It’s your house!  We will attend to your loved one while you rest, take care of household needs or take a break.

We ask that you make the care receiver comfortable upon the arrival of the respite worker. Our grant guidelines will not allow us to transfer or help the care receiver by assisting them to move.

We ask that you contact your respite worker if you need to cancel their scheduled visit.  If the respite worker is available to come on another day of your liking, the two of you may coordinate and schedule it; otherwise, they will come on their next scheduled visit.

Our workers are allowed to provide respite four hours per week. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide continuous respite over four hours at a time or stay overnight. However, we can work with you on identifying other respite programs that may be beneficial for your specific need/request.

Community Impact

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute, 43.5 million adults in the United States provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last year.

  • 3,110 senior adults received safe and caring support through the Senior Services program, a 14.3 percent increase over the previous year. This program impacted an additional 5,061 family members through the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Caregiver Fundamentals and Foster Grandparents programs.